March 16, 2010
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

Book: Life in Exile – A Personal Story [Tuesday, 16 March 2010, 10:57 a.m.]

Kalon Kesang Yangki Takla launches  “Life in Exile – A Personal Story” in Dharamsala on 16 March 2010, as book’s author Ven Bhakdro (left) and Secretary for International Relations Mr Tenzin Phuntsok Atisha (right) look on/Photo by Sangey Kyap

Dharamshala: A
new book documenting the “hardships of a Tibetan political prisoner
under the Chinese government’s oppression and his efforts in
highlighting the issue across the world” was launched here this
morning.  Speaking on his seventh book, Ven Bhakdro recounted
how he joined the peaceful protests led by monks of Gaden Monastery in
Lhasa on 5 March 1988. He said calls for Tibet’s independence and
return of Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet was brutally crushed by the
Chinese government, and he along with many other monks were arrested
and tormented in prison. He said he experienced untold suffering for a
year in Gutsa prison and for two years in Drapchi prison until his
release in 1991.The book details the author’s “extensive visits
to different parts of the world to garner support for the Tibetan
cause”. It documents his “campaigns in France, England, the US, Italy,
Germany, Canada, Australia and Sweden”. He said plans are afoot to
visit the Netherlands and Belgium in July this year.The book
depicts “pictures of peaceful protests by the monks of Gaden monastery
in 1988 and torture weapons used by the Chinese authorities on Tibetan
prisoners of conscience”.  The book was released by Kalon Kesang Yangkyi Takla, Kalon for the Department of Information and International Relations.  Kalon
Takla hailed Ven Bhakdro for his “resilience despite experiencing great
suffering in Tibet”. “In exile Ven Bhakdro acted as the spokesperson of
Tibetans living inside Tibet and made efforts to travel throughout the
world to tell the real situation inside Tibet,” Kalon Takla said.Kalon
Takla expressed “appreciation to Ven Bhakdro for taking on the
responsibility of spreading awareness on the Tibetan issue”.

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